Palouse Falls is the name of a remote waterfall on the Palouse River. It lies approximately 4 mi (6.4 km) upstream from where the river joins the Snake River. Both of these are in the state of Washington, in the United States. The beautiful geological feature that is Palouse Falls constitutes the central feature of the Palouse Falls State Park. In 1984, a 98 ft (30 m) high dam was proposed for construction upstream from Palouse Falls, to provide less expensive hydroelectricity for the region. However, a significant majority of local residents voted against the construction. They preferred to retain the higher electric rates in return for preserving the falls.
Palouse Falls Characteristics and Origins
Palouse Falls is a two-tiered waterfall. The first drop is small, with the upper falls measuring only 18 ft (5.9 m). The second drop lies approximately 1,000 ft (305 m) from the upper falls. The lower falls portion of Palouse Falls measures approximately 180 ft (55 m). Both sections of the falls lie within a canyon which measures approximately 337 ft (115 m) in depth and is surrounded by vast scablands. Both the canyon and Palouse Falls were formed by the Missoula Floods. These swept through the region repeatedly during the Pleistocene epoch. In 2014, the waterfall was named the official state waterfall of Washington State.
Todd Sain Sr.